Borrow First, Buy Later
If you have children, then you know their attention may not last very long for any particular sport. It may take a few tries to find exactly which sports are for them, if there are any at all. They may want to try hockey because all of the cool kids are playing it. Because of the myriad reasons why your kid may not play a sport for very long, you should try borrowing gear for them from friends and neighbors to see if they take to it. Once you know your child has taken a genuine interest in the sport, you can buy them their own gear.